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I was 5 months pregnant with my first son when I got notice from the real estate they weren’t renewing our lease. I wasn’t working because my temporary work had dried up when they found out I was pregnant and my husband was working casual shifts where he could. We got a friend who was working full time who was willing to move in with us to find a house. Alas we applied for 48 houses and got rejected from every single one. We ended up living in the friends mums house for 2 months. With baby looming on the way I headed to Department of Housing to help. As the baby hadn’t been born I wasn’t a priority to get housing. I was quickly running out of options. Suddenly my mums lease on her house was coming up. She said she would go and find a bigger house for us all to move into. In my final couple of weeks of pregnancy we were approved and moved in quickly. For the next year our cosy house was me, my husband, our newborn son, my mum and my brother (who hadn’t moved out of home yet). It was crowded and we were on each others toes but it was a roof over our heads. Although it was trying for all of our relationships we all got through


Posted anonymously, 31st July 2014


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  • nice story for read

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  • i like reading these stories

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  • its a nice story to read

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  • How terrifying with bubs coming! so glad it all worked out in the end.. Much better to have an overcrowded situation, then the other possibilities like no roof over your head.. Unfortunately Dept of Housing – much like Centrelink aren’t helpful at all leading up to the birth of a child.. So much for Government support..

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  • Goodness 48 houses, so pleased that you’ve all managed to make this work and best of luck for the future.

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  • Let’s all be thankful for wonderful mums and dads.

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  • Undoubtedly there would be some bad points living in a small space with so many people, but it sounds like you’ve all made it work. And the positives would outweigh the negatives many times over, I’m sure.

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  • Its such a shame that so many young couples get turned down all the time for rentals you would think that landlords would be happy to have people in their houses as long as they are kept clean and looked after.
    At least your mum was willing to move and allow you all to move in with her, even if it was a squeeze.
    Hope you have a place of your own sorted soon so you can be your own little family.

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  • I crowded house at times is the most loving home you get. Glad it all worked out for you in the end

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  • Sometimes we just have to make do with what we got. Luckily you have a supportive family

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  • Thank goodness for families. Its great to have people to help when we need it. Glad it worked out for you all.

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  • It’s great you had people to help you.


    • I agree it’s wonderful to have family close by that can help if you are in dire straights. It makes all the difference. I’m so glad that family could help in this case.

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  • Yes it would have been crampy. I would love to live with my mum again but I think after time we would get on each others nerves.

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  • I feel for you, the housing situation in this country is terrible.

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  • I know how you feel! I moved into my first house with my partner and my daughter who just turned 1 and our lease was up and the owner didn’t renew our lease so I was struggling to find a place and saving up for the bond cause we had bills up to our necks. I felt like a failure everytime I couldn’t find a place I couldn’t eat or sleep properly. Thank God we found a place days before we had to move out. Hopefully you find a bigger house for you all


    • I feel so bad for you that you had to go through an experience like that. It’s a strange thing sometimes how the universe helps us out just in the nick of time. Still an experience that nobody should have to go through – very hard to say the least.

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